MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Supervisorial Races — May 16, 2014

I was in Sacramento the past two days for the annual California State Association of Counties’ (CSAC) Legislative Conference. I represent the County on the CSAC Board of Directors and am the first OC Supervisor in some ten years to serve on its Executive Committee. I also serve as Vice Chair of the Urban County Caucus (UCC), representing the most populated counties in California. The UCC also met Wednesday afternoon.

On Wednesday the OC Register had two pieces on the Second District race in its Local section. The first piece was the teaser, which directed readers to the second piece. I can still hear Supervisor Harriett Wieder saying to me, “You’re running for my seat.” It’s nice to see that the OC Register is using the same phrase, but identifying it as “Moorlach’s seat.” I find campaign rhetoric to be a source of great humor. Saying that you want to be a Supervisor to help small businesses shows a complete lack of knowledge of what a Supervisor does. If you want to help small businesses, run for the state legislature and reform regulations. Orange County Supervisors don’t impact small businesses, it’s the state that does. Since most voters don’t really know what Supervisors really do, you have to find the ignorance of candidates, or their deliberate use of misrepresentative slogans, to be great comedic material. I also appreciated that the majority of the candidates found carpet-bagging (from Los Angeles County, no less) offensive. Let’s hope the District’s voters see through the nonsense and provide Assemblyman Allan Mansoor with a strong vote of approval.

Yesterday’s OC Register piece covered the Fifth District. The funny campaign platform in this piece is “making public safety the top priority.” Regretfully, it is public safety that has commandeered the County’s budget. With “3% at 50” pension benefits, retroactive to the date of hire, public safety has been asserting itself as the top priority, expanding to 50 percent of the County’s General Fund Net County Costs Budget. The Board of Supervisors has very little control over these expenses and has had to rely on the elected officials who oversee two of the County’s public safety departments to reign in their budgets. Voting for Robert Ming would be a great decision for Fifth District voters.

May 14

Fight to replace ‍Moorlach intensifies

Michelle Steel, Allan Mansoor emerge as front-runners.

Two front-runners are emerging in the race for termed-out Supervisor John ‍Moorlach‍’‍s Second District seat on the Orange County Board of Supervichelle Steel, termedout state Board of Equalizamember, and Allan Mansoor, the state Assemblyman representing the 74th District. They are challenged by Joe Carchio, Huntington Beach city councilman and Jim Moreno, a trustee of the Coast Community College District and the only Democrat in the race. Local 2  

Four vying for John Moorlach’s seat on county Board of Supervisors

The frontrunners for the Second District seat are Michelle Steel and Allan Mansoor.

BY DEEPA BHARATH

The battle for the Second District seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors is heating up as four candidates with name recognition and experience are vying for termed-out Supervisor John Moorlach’s seat.

The two frontrunners in this race are termed-out state Board of Equalization member Michelle Steel and Allan Mansoor, the state Assemblyman representing the 74th District. Challenging them are Huntington Beach City Councilman Joe Carchio and Jim Moreno, a trustee of the Coast Community College District and the only Democrat in the race.

Steel has raised the most money in this race – about $600,000 – and has endorsements from Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, District Attorney Tony Rackaukas, and Reps. Darrell Issa and Dana Rohrabacher.

But opponents have taken digs at Steel in several forums pointing out that she and her husband, former state GOP chairman Shawn Steel, moved from Rancho Palos Verdes to Surfside in late 2011 and have the personal wealth to fund the campaign.

So far Carchio has raised more than $100,000, Mansoor about $94,000, and Moreno, about $40,000.

Mansoor said he is not intimidated by Steel’s ability to raise money.

“I’ve been outspent in every election I’ve won,” he said. “What I’m doing is getting out there and talking to people. When someone brings half a million dollars from Los Angeles, you have to work that much harder.”

Mansoor and other candidates have also raised questions about Steel’s knowledge of local issues. Carchio said in addition to being a two-term Huntington Beach City councilman, he has served or continues to serve on several local and county boards and commissions from water boards and the Local Agency Formation Commission to Vector Control.

“I know how the various county agencies work and I know what it takes to be a county supervisor,” he said. “I can hit the ground running.”

Moreno says a majority of his supporters have handed out $25 or $100 checks.

“Mine is a grass-roots campaign,” he said. “I don’t have much money, but I know how to use the money I have and I’m not taking money from corporations or special interest groups.”

While Moreno believes he is giving Orange County Democrats a choice in this race, he still faces an uphill battle in a district where GOP voters account for 44 percent of the district’s registration, and Democrats account for 29 percent.

Steel says although she moved to Orange County in 2011, she knows her constituency and its principal issues and priorities. Although each city is different and has its own issues, Steel says, if elected, her priority will be to focus on small business.

“We need to make sure that local businesses and the local economy prospers,” she said.

Steel said she came to the United States with her mother and two younger sisters from Japan at 19 after her father passed away. Her mother ran a clothing store and later a sandwich shop and Steel helped run both of those businesses while going to college, she added. Being an immigrant, Steel said she understands the plight of those who try to come to the United States legally.

May 15

South County Supervisors race heats up ahead of primary

Four candidates are seeking to replace termed-out 5th District Supervisor Patricia C. Bates.

MORGAN COOK

Three veteran Orange County politicians and a deputy district attorney are facing off in the June primary for the chance to replace termed-out 5th District County Supervisor Patricia C. Bates when she vacates her seat in January.

Deputy District Attorney Joe Williams, Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett, Laguna Niguel City Councilman Robert Ming and Mission Viejo City Councilman Frank Ury are vying for Bates’ seat on the five-person Board of Supervisors. The victor will be responsible for protecting the interests of about 600,000 district residents during a four-year term of office.

The district has 335,732 registered voters, with 46 percent of them Republican, 27 percent Democratic and 22 percent selecting no political party, according to county voter data.The seat is nonpartisan, but has been held by a Republican since at least 1975.

A Republican attorney and self-described advocate for fiscal responsibility, Ming, 43, will be termed out of his city council seat this year. In addition to his position as a Laguna Niguel City Council member, Ming serves on the board of the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency, the entity that manages the 73 toll road.

County supervisors John Moorlach and Shawn Nelson have endorsed Ming, as have the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the Lincoln Club of Orange County and others. TheLaguna Niguel resident had $66,000 in his war chest as of mid-March, campaign finance disclosure forms show. The total included $40,000 in personal loans Ming made to his campaign.

Ury, 50, is an engineer who will finish his term on the Mission Viejo City Council in 2016. Ury, a Republican, has two decades of political experience in Orange County. He serves as a board member for the Orange County Transportation Authority.

Ury describes himself as a problem-solver and a strong supporter of economic development. As of mid-March, he had $26,000 in his campaign fund, campaign disclosures show. Ury’s endorsements include those of Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and the Orange County Taxpayers Association.

The race’s only female candidate, Bartlett, 54, serves as Dana Point’s mayor and chairwomanfor the Foothill Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency, the entity that manages the 133, 241 and 261 toll roads.

As founder of the Contract Cities Working Group, an advisory group composed of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and mayors of contract cities, the Republican candidate describes herself as an advocate for public safety.

With $89,000 in her campaign fund as of mid-March – $75,000 of which Bartlett loaned her own campaign – she had more cash on hand than her three competitors. Her endorsements include U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Dana Point, and city council members from various Orange County cities.

The fourth candidate for the supervisor’s seat is Williams, 52, a Laguna Niguel resident and deputy district attorney since 1995. With only $250 in cash and $5,000 in debt as of mid-March, his campaign fund was the smallest in the race.

The former member of the military and police officer has not aligned himself with any political party.

If elected, Williams said he will make public safety his top priority. He said his decades of street-level experience in public safety make him the most qualified candidate to address the issue.

“For 35 years I’ve answered the call at 2:30 in the morning for public safety,” Williams said. “I’m the one that has actually worked in some of the worst neighborhoods in Orange County and been part of the solution.”

Williams said he also wants to keep people and their pocketbooks safe from corruption in government.

This was sent from my campaign account.